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by paul
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Leapord kills Indian Buddhist monk meditating in forest.
Replies: 5
Views: 226

Re: Leapord kills Indian Buddhist monk meditating in forest.

Conditions are different now with the big cats being confined to reserves and often prey is scarce. Several attacks have occurred in the Ramdeghi area recently. Since this monk was in a big cat reserve and far from the monastery in an area where he had been meditating for a month, it seems either fo...
by paul
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is buddhism difficult? Why?
Replies: 25
Views: 562

Re: Is buddhism difficult? Why?

My reading of Thanissaro Bhikkhu suggests that stopping (the cycle of fabrication and becoming) is certainly the goal , but how it applies to the path to the goal is more complex. He seems to say that skillful fabrication is a necessary part of the path (he might even say the path is itself a skill...
by paul
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Mindfulness vs full consciousness
Replies: 20
Views: 444

Re: Mindfulness vs full consciousness

The seven factors of awakening are divided into two groups, energy and tranquillity, three of each, with mindfulness being the central regulating factor- investigation of dhamma, energy and rapture constituting one group and tranquillity, concentration and equinimity the other. It is necessary to un...
by paul
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What's happening to me. Help please!
Replies: 25
Views: 405

Re: What's happening to me. Help please!

The birds and the bees is an idiomatic phrase in English which alludes to relationships, and all of samsara is composed of cycles, while nibbana is without cycles, without birth or death, unchanging. So while it is mundane right view to ask questions about what the cause and effect relationship is b...
by paul
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is buddhism difficult? Why?
Replies: 25
Views: 562

Re: Is buddhism difficult? Why?

where does that difficulty come from? Faced with my own lack of motivation to practice amidst the constant sources of distraction in my daily life The difficulty comes from the fetters by which the practitioner is bound, and which must be severed. Nobody can do this but they themselves, which is ob...
by paul
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Mindfulness vs full consciousness
Replies: 20
Views: 444

Re: Mindfulness vs full consciousness

In sati-sampajanna two words are used because sampajanna (clear comprehension of the present) in itself does not lead to wisdom, it needs the action of mindfulness to complete the correct apprehension of present events. Mindfulness provides the element of memory, which brings the recollection of imp...
by paul
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: US interest in meditation jumps
Replies: 6
Views: 642

Re: US interest in meditation jumps

Mindfulness in US public schools challenged:

https://aclj.org/religious-liberty/aclj ... ic-schools
by paul
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Questions regarding the 3 Intentions.
Replies: 5
Views: 91

Re: Questions regarding the 3 Intentions.

The Buddha's classic sutta on Right Thought. Note that the analogy about the deer at the end stresses sensuality and so is related to renunciation, which in Theravada has the emphasis, and that the Buddha's main act of compassion is the instruction of the dhamma, which he can only do because he has ...
by paul
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a mind ?
Replies: 22
Views: 473

Re: Is there a mind ?

Is 'manasikara' passive awareness or actively 'making' choices? It's actively selecting things from the moving stream like someone in a supermarket, and those selections form themes which either consolidate the hindrances or the enlightenment factors, to be visited on the practitioner in due course...
by paul
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Is it possible to practice compassion in daily life?
Replies: 7
Views: 243

Re: Is it possible to practice compassion in daily life?

As befriend has suggested, in Theravada with compassion and all the brahma viharas the emphasis is on meditation and developing one’s own practice. The second link of the noble eightfold path instructs that thoughts of renunciation, good-will and harmlessness should be cultivated, as they oppose the...
by paul
Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a mind ?
Replies: 22
Views: 473

Re: Is there a mind ?

What is the mind? noun 1. the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought. 2. a person's ability to think and reason; the intellect. Is it some kind of a 'self'? The 'knower', 'experiencer', 't...
by paul
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Pain meditation in vipassana
Replies: 11
Views: 347

Re: Pain meditation in vipassana

The Buddha's main instruction on the correct way to deal with physical pain lies in the Arrow sutta, SN 36.6, which illustrates how the ordinary uninstructed worldling wrongly reacts to pain by seeking pleasure of the flesh: "As he is touched by that painful feeling, he is not resistant. No resistan...
by paul
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Why is it necessary to cultivate sila to have samadhi?
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: Why is it necessary to cultivate sila to have samadhi?

The NEP has a threefold division, sila, samadhi, panna, of which sila is the foundation. Furthermore, samadhi is necessary for insight to operate. “samadhi is only a particular kind of one-pointedness; it is not equivalent to one-pointedness in its entirety. A gourmet sitting down to a meal, an assa...
by paul
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question 4 re- MN118 Anapanasati Sutta
Replies: 37
Views: 610

Re: Question 4 re- MN118 Anapanasati Sutta

In my opinion the 3rd 4th steps of the 1st tetrad refer to noticing the sensations in the body with the breath as secondary : “Here, the parallel versions in the three Vinayas provide a helpful indication, as they formulate the third step in terms of “pervading the body.” Such pervading would indeed...
by paul
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question 4 re- MN118 Anapanasati Sutta
Replies: 37
Views: 610

Re: Question 4 re- MN118 Anapanasati Sutta

Bikkhu Bodhi is not a meditation monk, and I disagree with him and think that calming should be encouraged. This manipulation assumes critical importance in the second tetrad with the feelings of rapture and happiness. “Although step 3 doesn’t say to adjust the breath as part of being sensitive to t...